Reconciled to Jargon

  • Barbara Beckwith White People Challenging Racism


As I try to understand persistent racial equality in the U.S., I find myself reading dense books that are full of in-group language. Ordinarily, I’d bypass books that use such terminology. And yet, I’ve been hanging in there: racism is too important to turn away from just because those who study it most closely use language that turns me off.

Author Biography

Barbara Beckwith, White People Challenging Racism

Writer, author of What Was I Thinking? Reflecting on Everyday Racsim; National Writers Union-Boston Chapter co-chair; co-facilitator of White People Challenging Racism: Moving fromTalk to Action classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA. Degrees: BA (Wellesley College), MEd (Tufts University), MS-Print Journalism (Boston University).

How to Cite
Beckwith, B. (2013). Reconciled to Jargon. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 3(1). Retrieved from
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